Seaberry / Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides)
Pineapple, orange, tropical fruit-flavored orange berries in large bunches like grapes that are great for juicing! Really easy to grow! Seaberry is an extremely hardy (down to -45°F) and valuable fruiting plant. The plants can produce 25 pounds of fruit per bush.
It is unique in its ability to produce crops in the most inhospitable areas. It has nitrogen-fixing nodules on its roots, thereby converting nitrogen into a more easily accessible form to itself and other surrounding plants, and helping to build the soil.
The fruit is very high in Vitamin C (about 15-40 times more than oranges and 7 times more than lemons), Vitamin A, and E, and has a pleasant acidic flavor which makes delicious juice. During the Cold War, East Germany used Seaberry as a healthful substitute for orange juice. The fruit is also unique for its oil content, which is exceptionally rich in essential fatty acids, Omega 3, 6, 7, and 9 and flavonoids.
It is by every definition of the word a 'super food.' Traditionally, the oil has been used as a treatment for burns and skin diseases as well as for gastric ulcers, liver cirrhosis, recovery of bone marrow cells, and other illnesses.
A new and very valuable plant for North American gardeners while very popular in many regions of the world. Seaberry is native to both Central Asia, reaching as far as Western China, and in Europe, in countries around the Baltic Sea. Among Seaberry's many attributes are exceptional ornamental value, tasty and healthful fruit, cover and food for wildlife, and ability to grow in and improve poor soils. As an ornamental, Seaberry is prized for its attractive, narrow, grayish-green foliage and its fall display of large clusters of bright orange-yellow berries, which cover the branches and can persist well into winter.
Seaberry is extremely drought tolerant. It needs full sun exposure or it will not thrive.
Plants are cross-pollinated by wind and are either male or female. Therefore, AT LEAST 2 plants are required to produce fruit.
We offer the following:
Botanica is a reliable, hardy, care-free and productive cultivar well known for its copious crops. It produces nutrient dense, vitamin rich, flavorful crops of berries reliably season after season. It originated from a Soviet breeding program in Moscow.
Garden’s Gift™ Seaberry
A Russian variety developed at Moscow State University's breeding program. Harvests from this variety in the fall produce large crops of the nutritious, uniquely flavored bright orange fruit. A wonderful selection for eating fresh, juicing, preserving.
Orange Energy® Seaberry
Orange Energy is a German cultivar of Seaberry and was developed by H.J. Albrecht in Berlin. This cultivar is renowned for its prodigious crops, reliably producing an abundance of nutrient dense, vitamin rich, delicious berries year after year.
Radiant ™ Seaberry
A renowned Siberian cultivar, Radiant is loved for its juicy, flavorful fruit, which is exceptionally high in Vitamin C, A, and E. Radiant is a hardy, beautiful, compact shrub growing to about 8 ft. in height.
Russian Orange™ Seaberry
Producing abundant crops of large, flavorful, deep orange berries, is Russian Orange. It is a consistent producer, providing large crops annually. It is an attractive and vigorous medium-size shrub. Russian Orange also offers beautiful silver-green foliage.
Sirola is a newly released variety of seaberry, which is a hybrid of Russian and German parents. Sirola's popularity will continue to increase, we are sure, due to its flavor profile, which is a bit sweeter than other varieties. The fruit of Sirola ripens early and is exceptionally large. Crops are consistently large, year after year. Sirola is excellent for fresh eating on its own or can be mixed with another variety for a more acidic flavor profile.
Titan Seaberry provides prolific crops of very large, bright orange berries. The berries are easier to harvest by hand and less tart than some other cultivars. They are aromatic and very flavorful and the bush is vigorous.
We offer Male plants to act as pollinators for the female varities of Seaberry we grow and sell. One male plant is used for 4-5 female plants usually. The male Seaberry also holds good aesthetic value, offering beautiful foliage and large copper colored flower buds.
Height at maturity: 8-12'
Spread at maturity: 8-12'
Hardiness Zones: 3-8
Container Size: 4"
Height at time of sale: 12-20"